This is Simses’ second novel, and a lovely addition to the women’s fiction bookshelf.
Grace Hammond is having a bad day. She loses her job, her relationship goes awry and she becomes homeless, forcing her to head home to her parents and the small town where she grew up. Grace is an only child since her sister died, and she and her parents are still dealing with their grief.
Grace finds her sister’s old bike, a classic Schwinn, rusted and rotting out in the backyard shed. She takes it to the bike shop in town, where she corrects the grammar on their fliers and pisses off the owner’s son, Mitch. They work out a deal where she will organize the bike shop, which is a big mess, and they will work on her bike.
Meanwhile, the small town is all aflutter because there is a movie being filmed there. The director is Grace’s old high school boyfriend, and while they reconnect, things aren’t going as smoothly as Grace thinks they should be. Grace has a lot of thinking to do, and a lot of issues and relationships to resolve.
I really enjoyed this book, it is as charming as Simses’ first, The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café. If you are looking for a light, entertaining beach read, look no further.
6/16 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE RULES OF LOVE & GRAMMAR by Mary Simses. Little, Brown and Company (May 31, 2016). ISBN: 978-0316382069. 384p.